Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Experience — FMSC

z5Could this organization do more in terms of population control in those areas that they currently serve?

I volunteered at the Libertyville FMSC location yesterday, which is something I do several times a year.

Yes, it makes me feel good, working with others to package this MannaPack, which is a mixture of vitamins, noodles, rice and soy — to be shipped to some of the poorest areas of the world.

Yes, I’m interested in donating money as a see real value in this organization.

Yes, I appreciate the fact they have such low administrative fees, and according to their website, 90% of all money donated goes into food production.

z1Yes, I sometimes purchase items because I support their work.

Yes, I really like that they serve children who are not necessarily Christian — if there’s a need, this organization will try to serve them.

One thing that frustrates me about this organization is their lack of emphasis on population control. I don’t see it in their mission statement to start to reign in the growth of the world’s population. The world’s population as of 2016 was 7.45 billion according to Wikipedia. According to the Worldmeter website, the world’s population will be 10 billion by 2050.

Respectfully, are we going to only focus on feeding starving children in some of the poorest places on earth? Isn’t one of the reasons we have starving children is that many parents in these uneducated areas have not been taught to exercise birth control?

z3As mentioned above, FMSC is a Christian organization. According to their mission, they are doing God’s work by feeding children in need. However, using that same logic, wouldn’t their God want them to take initiative and begin to promote birth control? If no, is that too political of a fight for FMSC to wage? Aren’t many of us blessed with the ability to think what an over populated planet would look like? With currently 7.5 billion inhabitants, many scientists and informed consumers state we’re currently experiencing climate change. Even if this level stabilized, we’ll continue to see displayed men, women and children displaced because of floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.. With an increased amount of inhabitants, I’m afraid climate change will accelerate. If the planet can’t sustain 7.5 billion inhabitants without impacting our climate, how will it be able to sustain 10 billion by 2050?

Towards the end of the volunteer activity, the representative at FMSC made a special call to secure more volunteers to participate this summer in packing MannaPack for those children in need. Apparently, this organization has increased its commitment to provide more food worldwide in the near future. I have no issue with the call for more volunteers. Perhaps with an aggressive marketing campaign, they will meet their goal. Then what? What if the worldwide need of food increases again and FMSC commits to an even larger output. FMSC will again make a plea for more volunteers…where does this end?

z6I’m not saying FMSC is not a worthy organization and I’m not saying I won’t continue to volunteer. In addition, I’m ok with sometimes contributing to this FMSC as they make a big difference in many disadvantaged areas of the world. What about serving those in need today and proactively begin to take a serious look at controlling the amount of births, especially in 3rd world countries? It may make some volunteers feel good that we’re feeding all those children who are in need and at the same time, we’re using our physical and mental resources to protect the planet as much as possible.

z7Just remember, there are 7.5 billion earth dwellers as of 2016. Many of the areas being served by FMSC have a high growth rate. In other words, volunteers bagging MannaPack at FMSC will help some of those starving children in areas of high growth rate but with that high growth rate, what will the future bring? Especially with the amount of potential disasters that may occur in the next 5-10 years? Will organizations like FMSC have to double their output in the next 10-20 years to keep up with that rate? Is there business model sustainable as the world’s population continues to soar?